For Christmas Mum sent me Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new cookbook "River Cottage Veg Every Day" and I'm pretty sure we are going to try out 178 of the recipes at least (probably not the beetroot ones though, and I'd bet especially not the beetroot ice cream). I've made a short list of a dozen recipes that need to be eaten as soon as possible, and we cooked off this evening with a deceptively simple leek risotto.
Doc C likes to follow recipes fairly precisely, so we made a very detailed shopping list for the ingredients we would need for the food for this week. We went to our usual super market yesterday and got pretty much everything, but it was surprisingly hard to find chestnuts. So we tried a smaller hippy super market, where I found ginger candy and Doc pounced delightedly on buffalo jerky, but no chestnuts.
This meant we had a mission for today, and I pleased to report we found some at the super hippy supermarket. By the way I had no idea that a jar of chestnuts was so expensive, but they were half-price (because most people only eat chestnuts at Christmas?) so that wasn't too bad and I only used about a quarter of the jar for this meal.
The chestnuts were pan fried in butter, and then sprinkled on top of the leek risotto. It was bloody delicious.